Be Well Butte Educators; Nov. 2020
A Monthly Wellness Newsletter for Butte County's Educators
Gratitude Changes You
Still not sure about the effects of gratitude? Check out the video below.
Self-Care for Busy Educators
Gratitude provides so many benefits including improved physical and psychological health, enhanced empathy, reduced aggression, and improved sleep. Creating a daily gratitude practice is particularly beneficial. Below are a few ideas provided to help with creating a gratitude habit.
Things to try this month:
- First thing in the morning or just before you go to bed, write down 3 things that you are grateful for. Use a journal, your planner, or even just the notes app on your phone.
- Do you like to take photos? Take a photo each day of something you are grateful for. Save it for yourself or share it on social media. It could be a pic of anything from a pretty sunset to a delicious dessert to a funny sign.
- Let someone else know that you are grateful for them or for something they've done. Send a text, write a note, or even just leave a sticky note for them.
Consider trying one of these ideas for a week. After the week is finished, reflect on how you feel and what has changed. Is this a habit you want to continue?
Gratitude & Meditation
Gratitude is Good for Your Physical Health, too!
Each month our own Matt Reddam, BCOE School & Community Wellness Advisor, tries out a new wellness activity and reports back on his experience. This month, Matt tries the first thing - Hiking.
According to the National Park Services, there are a number of benefits to hiking:
- Physical: Hiking is shown to build stronger bones, increased heart health, increased sense of balance, and decreases the risk of certain respiratory issues.
- Mental Health: Being in nature can boost your mood and improve mental health. Spending quality time in the great outdoors reduces stress, calms anxiety, and can lead to a lower risk of depression, according to a study done by researchers at Stanford University.
- Relational Health: Because hiking ranges in difficulty from an extremely challenging climb to a casual way of spending time outside, it’s a great way to strengthen the friendships or bonds you have with your companions.
I decided to try an easy self-care activity first. Since I was a kid I always hated hiking. I couldn’t see why following my grandparents up a hill was enjoyable! This has followed me into adulthood to some degree, but being locked inside for 7 months has broadened my horizons. So I grabbed my friend, grabbed my fishing rod (just in case) and hit a trail on the Upper Sacramento River.
It was tiring. I am out of shape, but my friend and I talked about everything under the sun. Before I knew it I wasn’t focused on the throb in my legs and back, and was enjoying the pine trees, rush of the river, and the laughter as we tried to make the dirtiest jokes we could think of.
As we were leaving we saw a little gray shape. It was a gray fox, and instead of bolting away, he started to come towards us. Closer, and closer, and closer, until he was right next to us. With rabies at the forefront of my mind I started walking away. Our little friend followed, and followed, and followed. It turns out he was either strongly attracted to my feet, or he had been previously fed by humans, or he was my spirit animal. I choose to think the latter! Overall I give hiking a 5 out of 5 wellness stars……and the fox gets 6!
Check out next month's newsletter to see what Matt tries next! And if you'd like to suggest a wellness experience for Matt to try out, click HERE and add your ideas.